A gender quality taskforce has been set up by Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, which is seeking ways to accelerate change. Photograph: Getty Images

Women remain hugely underrepresented in the senior levels of Irish universities despite policies aimed at promoting greater gender equality, new figur(...)

Four female NUI Galway lecturers whose gender discrimination cases against the university has been settled. They are pictured with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

NUI Galway (NUIG) has declined to comment on the amount public money involved in settling a high-profile gender discrimination row involving the unive(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that university rankings  can impact on international perceptions of our education system.

The Department of Education is to work with universities to identify ways of improving their performance in international rankings. This follows the (...)

Irish universities argue they should be given much greater freedom to hire staff now that many of them are generating the bulk of their incomes privately. Photograph: Getty Images

When it comes to recruiting the very best talent for Irish universities, are we paying enough to secure the top academics? Ask any university preside(...)

The Government last year provided a special derogation from public sector pay restrictions to help universities hire world-leading researchers on salaries of up to €250,000.

Universities have received Government approval to recruit top academics on salaries of up to €337,000 a year. Under public sector pay rules, salaries(...)

Minister For Education Richard Bruton said universities would not lose out under the new funding model for third level. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish universities have warned of the “urgent need” to deal with underfunding of higher education. While they welcomed a new funding model for the se(...)

Studying for a PhD can involve seven-day weeks, long days, low pay and uncertain prospects. Photograph: iStock
Is doing a PhD a waste of time?

What use is a PhD nowadays? After almost two decades in education, is it really worth committing another three, four or even more years to a doctorate(...)

Mike Jennings, general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers:  “Any suggestion of introducing a teaching excellence framework-based approach in Ireland will further demoralise our universities.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

College lecturers have criticised plans which they say could result in rankings on teaching quality which place a major emphasis on student satisfacti(...)

Unions have reacted cautiously to the proposed pay deal with teachers organistions saying they are disappointed.

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said the proposed public sector pay deal is “in line with what is affordable to the State”. It is (...)

Donal Colum O’Cleirigh, who has died aged 84, was senior lecturer in music at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, and contributed significan(...)

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